5 Of The Best – Top Camping Sites in Wales

20 Jul 2012

Compiling any ‘best of’ or ‘top’ list is always a bit tricky as one man’s meat is another man’s poison. And so it is with camp and caravan sites.

While some of us are looking for sites that offer every modern convenience and amenity, the rest of us are seeking somewhere natural and want to be as far removed as possible from the sounds of jangling slot machines and karaoke performers.

Here we try and include something for everyone so that whether you are looking for party central or wilderness hide-away you should find something to suit.

Here are C4Caravan’s top picks for the best caravan and camp sites in Wales…

Caerfai Bay Caravan and Tent Park

Fford Caerfai, St Davids, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA62 6QT


Nature lovers, beach bunnies and all those who enjoy lying back in their camp chair and ocean gazing will love this camp-site. Pembrokeshire is not short of dazzling beach scenery but the location of this site, perched on the cliffs of Caerfai Bay, is about as good as it gets. The beach, where dolphins are often seen cruising past, is a natural playground of rock pools, caves and crystal clear calm waters perfect for snorkelling – all guaranteed to keep the younger family members (and perhaps the not so young) occupied for hours if not the entire holiday.

Although you could laze away every day without stepping outside the camp-site there is plenty to see and do should you manage to tear yourself away. Canoe trips, kayaking, coastal boat cruises, whale and dolphin watching tours, surf lessons and jet boating are just a few of the options open to water and nature lovers while history and culture enthusiasts are equally catered for.

Pembrokeshire is home to more than 50 hill forts and castles which range from the wonderfully preserved to the romantically ruined. Or step back even further in time and check out standing stones, ancient settlement remains, barrows and dolmens – a type of Neolithic burial chamber.

So what do you fancy? Walking, fishing, climbing, rock-pool adventuring, swimming or joining one of the many tours on offer such as learning how to forage for wild food? The problem here won’t be finding enough to do – it will be puzzling out how to fit it all in.

Facilities: Showers and toilets, electric hook-up, dogs allowed (on a lead at all times), telephone, laundry, dish washing area, Internet, disabled toilet and shower, rest area, tourist information, recycling, farm shop (100 yards)

Open: 1st March to second week in November

Cost: from £11.50 per night for 1 unit and 2 people + £4 per night electric hook-up

Cenarth Falls Holiday Park

Cenarth, Newcastle Emlyn, Ceredigion, Wales, SA38 9JS


It’s not really surprising that this holiday park boasts an impressive trophy cabinet – a David Bellamy Gold Award, Calor Gas ‘Best Park in Wales, a 5 star rating from ‘Visit Wales’ tourism board and proud holders of ‘Loo of the Year Awards’ held every year since 1994!

From these ratings alone we can deduce that the park is eco-friendly, has exceptional facilities and is spotlessly clean. However, sparkling toilets and shower-rooms are just the tip of the bragging rights iceberg for site owners, the Davies family. This site has all the facilities you would associate with something that has ‘holiday park’ in the title such as swimming pools (indoor and out); a health and country club with Jacuzzi, fitness suite, sauna, restaurant and live entertainment every weekend; children’s playground, games room and the like, but it is all planned out in such a way that you can immerse yourself in this atmosphere or enjoy peace and quiet instead.

The 2 acre field of 29 pitches is set aside from all that is going on and is surrounded by beautiful, unspoiled countryside. Just a short walk away is Cenarth Falls where the salmon leap when the season is right and the picture postcard pretty historical village of Cenarth. The stunning Cardigan Bay coast is just 7 miles away too.

Cenarth Falls Holiday Park is for those who want the best of both worlds – a quality holiday park with exceptional facilities but with a chance to escape easily to peace and solitude when the mood takes them.

Facilities: Toilets and showers; Coracles Health and Country Club with indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, fitness suite, bar and restaurant and live entertainment (pay as you go or discounted membership passes available for park guests); outdoor pool (not heated); children’s playground; games room with pool table and video games machines; Wi-Fi; launderette; dog friendly site; hard standing; electric hook-up.

Open: March to November

Cost: From £16 to £27 per pitch per night for one unit and up to 4 people (includes electric hook-up)

Gwern Gof Isaf Campsite

Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales, LL24 0EU


Although much frequented by those hardy outdoor types, Gwern Gof Isaf camp-site is also a firm favourite with those who want to surround themselves with spectacular mountain scenery without necessarily feeling the urge to scale the peaks towering over them. Of course should you feel energetic then there is plenty to occupy you – a wealth of walking and climbing options which range from easy strolls to kamikaze; the National Mountain Centre 2 miles from the site which offers, amongst other things, canoeing, orienteering and abseiling and also mountain biking and pony trekking within a few miles.

The camp-site itself is part of a 750 acre National Trust farm and so special is the location deemed that in 2006 Gwern Gof Isaf camp-site featured in the Independent’s ’50 Best Campsites in the World’ list.

The site can take touring caravans and larger motor-homes but space for these is limited so be sure to call ahead to check availability.

Facilities: Wash-rooms, toilets and hot showers, electric hook-up, chemical toilet disposal, washing up area

Open: All year

Cost: £10 per night per pitch (includes electric) for vans and caravans

Pilbach Holiday Park

Betws Ifan, Rhydlewis, Newcastle Emlyn, Cardiganshire, Wales, SA44 5RT


This site, set in 15 acres of parkland, is particularly suited to families and those who want a range of modern facilities and entertainment options without over-commercialism. Touring caravans and motor-homes have a choice of three large fields to choose from and there is also a choice of pitches between standard and fully-serviced super-pitches which offer electric, hard-standing, water and instant drainage of grey water.

The company, which also owns sites at Aberaeron (a coastal park) and Aberdwylan, has frequent special holiday offers which include large discounts.

The site is located just three miles from Aberporth – an award winning, safe swimming beach and, listed on the park’s website, are a diverse range of attractions in the immediate and wider area which will suit all pockets, ages and tastes.

Facilities: Showers, toilets, electric hook-up, super pitches available (hard-standing, individual water point and grey waste drainage), heated pool with toddler’s area, bar and restaurant, amusement arcade, all-sports field, play area, laundry facilities, on-site shop, dog friendly site with dog walking field, entertainment (karaoke competitions, bingo and cabaret acts)

Open: All year

Cost: From £17 per pitch per night (£19 super pitch) including electric hook-up

Llyn Gwynant Campsite

Nantgwynant, Snowdonia, Wales, LN55 4NW


(NOTE: The is no electrical hook up on this site)

This is the type of camp-site which although not unusual for tent campers is as rare as hen’s teeth for those who want to pitch a caravan or motor-home. It is true, back to basics holidaying for those who love the outdoors and comes complete with camp-fires and breathtaking scenery.

The metre deep river which runs through the site would probably provide all the opportunity for adult and kids fun that is needed, but there is much more at this action packed natural playground! Rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, kayaking, lake coasteering (a combination of swimming, climbing, scrambling and cliff jumping), raft building and orienteering…..and the list goes on. Kids can be passed over to the professional instructors leaving parents free to laze away their days by the lakeside or maybe hire a boat from on-site to cruise the river. Of course if they want to they can get stuck in with the kids.

Most of the activities take place from June to September when the site is lively and sometimes full of school groups. Outside of school summer holidays the camp-site is about as quiet and secluded as you are likely to get in the UK. There is only licensing and room for ten caravans/motor-homes at any one time (15 allowed during bank holidays) so do check ahead to avoid disappointment.

Facilities: Hot water showers, toilets, chemical disposal point, dish washing area, freezer for ice packs

Open: Easter to November

Cost: £8 per person per night, children 5 – 15 are £4 per night (under 5s free)

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